Aletha Maybank

Dr. Aletha Maybank is the first chief health equity officer of the American Medical Association and one of its vice presidents. Her role is to oversee efforts across the entire organization to address disparities in health care, and she leads the association’s Center for Health Equity.

A pediatrician by training, Maybank was the deputy commissioner at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she launched their Center for Health Equity. 

Before that, she was an assistant commissioner in the NYC Health Department with the Brooklyn District Public Health Office. There, she oversaw several centers that worked to connect community organizations, health care providers and patients in predominantly minority neighborhoods throughout New York. Maybank was also the founding director of the Office of Minority Health in the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, located in New York, from 2006-2009.

Alongside her work in government, Maybank has taught medical students on topics such as public health leadership and management, and community organizing in health. She was previously the president of the Empire State Medical Association, the New York affiliate of the National Medical Association. 

She also helped create the “We are Doc McStuffins” campaign, based on the popular Disney cartoon character, which aimed to inspire young African American girls to practice medicine. The group eventually formed the Artemis Medical Society.

Location: NYC and Chicago, Ill.

Expertise: health equity, minority health, community engagement 

Contact information:

Cristina Mutchler, AMA public information officer

Phone: 312-464-4710

Email: Cristina.Mutchler@ama-assn.org

Listen to Aletha Maybank on Oprah Talks COVID-19:

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Diana Hernández

Diana Hernández is an Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She is an expert on community-based health care, minority health, environmental risk factors, and urban health.  She focuses her research on the intersections between infrastructure, poverty and health, with a stress on energy efficiency. Funding from several development organizations allows Hernández to serve as a Co-Investigator on projects for energy efficiency upgrades, improvement on public housing models and the relief of poverty-related health effects.

Hernandez

Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: Community-Based Health Care, Minority Health, Environmental Risk Factors, and Urban Health

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Email: dh2494@cumc.columbia.edu

Phone : (212) 305-0245 (office)

(917) 202-2446 (cell)

Heard on Columbia Public Health video : Energy Insecurity 

 

Valerie Montgomery Rice

Valerie Montgomery Rice is the president and dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine. Rice is the first African-American woman to lead a freestanding medical school. She is a Harvard-trained obstetrician and gynecologist and renowned specialist in women’s and minority health issues.

Montgomery Rice’s medical expertise spans a wide range of health topics. She is an infertility specialist and researcher whose current work focuses on planning initiatives for patient care, research and community engagement. Her research includes a partnership with the University of Zambia, which focuses on the development of a vaginal microbicide to prevent HIV.

Montgomery Rice’s work in women’s health and research has been recognized by a number of organizations, and she has been featured on TheGrio.com, MadameNoire.com and on CNN.

Dean and Incoming President of the Morehouse School of Medicine at Spelman College

Areas of Expertise: Women’s Health, Medicine, Public Health, Patient Care, HIV Prevention, Minority Health, Health Disparities, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Endocrinology, Infertility

Location: Atlanta, GA

Contact Info:

Please contact Rashida Cloud, Executive Administrative Manager

Phone: (404) 752-1130

Email: rcloud@msm.edu

Or Necole Merritt, Office of Marketing and Communications

Phone: (404) 752-1761

Email: nmerritt@msm.edu

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